Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust Published: Flatiron Books (July 7th2020) Genre: young adult; fantasy Rep: Persian cast & settings, bi mc, sapphic li Rating: 4/5 🍑
Girl, Serpent, Thorn is revolutionary in more than one respect and for that we should all be grateful. It’s a feminist fairy tale for the modern times, even though it’s set in ancient Persia, even though it’s full of magic and monsters.
Shatter the Skyby Rebecca Kim Wells Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 30th 2019) Genre: young adult; fantasy Rep: poc cast, bi mc, sapphic li, side sapphic character, side wlw parents Rating: 4/5 🍑
When people recommend Shatter the Sky as a sapphic fantasy novel, they’re very much right but at the same time, it doesn’t explain just how sapphic the book. We’re not used to being fed this well, and yet it’s exactly what we deserve.
The book opens with the (bi!) mc talking about how much she loves her girlfriend. That’s revolutionary. And that love is used as a catalyst for all future events. Quite literally nothing would happen, if Maren wasn’t in love with Kaia and wasn’t determined to do everything in her power to get back together.
Monster of the Week (The Rules #2) by F.T. Lukens Published: Duet Books (October 15th 2019) Genre: young adult; contemporary fantasy Rep: bi mc with anxiety, Latino (half-Puerto Rican) gay li, sapphic side character, Easter European side character TW: panic attacks, absent parent, homophobia Rating: 4/5 🍑
ARC provided by the publisher.
First of all, I have to admit I was not aware this is a second part of series, but even so – it was a pleasant read & I don’t feel like my lack of knowledge diminished it in any way. I probably will read the first book, though, because I love those characters now.
Monster of the Week ticks off all the right boxes for me, so I have to go through them one by one before this turns into a three-page long rambling nonsense.
I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville Published: Nine Star Press (April 15th 2019) Genre: young adult; contemporary LGBT rep: bi mc, gay li, three side gay characters, side lesbian character Rating: 4/5 🍑
ARC provided by the publisher.
You know those books that just make you feel safe? As if someone you love gave you a long, warm hug? As if for a brief moment you knew with absolute certainty that everything is going to be okay?
I watched How to Train Your Dragon 3 today and I cried so much, I deserve something easier to deal with now. Which made writing this post a perfect idea. Very relaxing, not gonna lie. The only downside is, it reminded me how many books I’m excited about in March!
As always, I also want to remind you guys that Charlotte & I have a blog called Reads Rainbow that is dedicated solely to LGBT media. So check out this March releases post over there as well – it’s only for books coming in the first week, because there are just Too Many to fit in one post!!
It’s the last day of the year! 💫🎇🌈 I have no idea how did the time fly by so fast… I feel like it was summer & our awful Stressful Event at work just yesterday! And yet, here we are, with people already firing off the fireworks. I hope it was a good year for you guys.
Like you probably gathered from my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, I am very excited about the next year in books! And that means I have way more than 2 books per each month that I want to talk about! And that’s exactly the purpose of this list.
9 books coming out in January 2019 I’m most excited about! 🍑🍑🍑